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Sketching in Clay to Come up With Beautiful and Interesting Handbuilt Forms

Posted On September 4, 2015 11 Comments
When learning to hand build, one of the biggest challenges can be staring at that slab or lump of clay and envisioning an interesting form. That “blank canvas” can be pretty intimidating. So I absolutely love the “clay sketching” exercise Liz Zlot Summerfield shares in her DVD Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs: Developing Ideas, Sketches,… Read More »

Layers of Information: How to Build Surface Texture Layer by Layer

Posted On August 12, 2015 5 Comments

Today, Annie Chrietzberg explains how Lana Wilson uses bisque stamps, textured materials, rolling, and paddling to create layered texture on her work. She also explains her darting technique for creating a slab-built platter.


Lana Wilson Shares a Technique for Funky Handbuilt Feet and Lids

Posted On August 7, 2015 4 Comments
If you’re familiar with Lana Wilson’s work, you know that she comes up with some of the most imaginative ways to make it. Following the clay’s lead, she makes forms with life and spunk.   In today’s post, an excerpt from her video Handbuilding with Color and Texture, she shares her technique for making the… Read More »

How to Handbuild a Hexagonal Jar Using a Template

Posted On July 20, 2015 7 Comments
Throwing is great, but if you are interested in exploring more angular shapes handbuilding is a good way to go. If you want to be able to repeat those forms consistently, using a template will save you time and hassle.   In today’s post, an excerpt from Handbuilding Techniques, Don Hall shares how to make… Read More »

How to Make a Platter Using a Slump Mold

Posted On July 1, 2015 9 Comments

Slab building is one of the most exciting ways to make work with clay. And if you prefer more instant gratification than you can get from a wheel, slab building is a great way to go. Finding slump and hump molds in interesting shapes at thrift shops and dollar stores is a great way to build with slabs. In today’s post, an excerpt from our latest free download A Guide to Slab Rollers Tips for Buying or Building a Slabroller, and Three Slab Pottery Projects, Daryl Baird shares a simple platter project from a found slump mold. 


Pottery Video of the Week: How to Design and Make a Stiff Slab Vase

Posted On March 13, 2015 4 Comments

In today’s video clip, an excerpt from our latest DVD project, Clay Projects and Fundamentals: A Resource for Aspiring Clay Artists and Teachers, Neil Patterson demonstrates a stiff slab vase project. He also gives great tips for working with paper to come up with interesting designs.


How to Use Tar Paper as a Support While Slab Building

Posted On February 4, 2015 6 Comments

In today’s post, Lisa explains her entire slab building process for her “Arrow Jars” from sketch to creating a functioning lid and flange.


Heating and Stretching Slabs to Create Organic Texture

Posted On December 8, 2014 2 Comments

Most potters do their very best to avoid cracks in their work. But some deliberately try to create cracking, and the results can be gorgeous. In today’s post, an excerpt from our new Ceramic Arts Handbook Surface Decoration Techniques, Eric Seritella explains how he creates beautifully textured trays by heating and stretching rough slabs of clay. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

Handbuilding and Decorating a Platter with Ben Carter

Posted On September 18, 2014 Comments Off on Handbuilding and Decorating a Platter with Ben Carter

If you’d like to make a large platter that isn’t round, using a slab and a slump mold can be just the ticket. Ben Carter makes this mold with insulating foam board, and creates a lovely undulating rim with sewn fabric pouches. Next Ben shares how he decorates the platter with slip, underglaze, and sgraffito, discussing subtle details like placement of motifs to move the eye around the composition to contrasting shiny surfaces with matt. Watching these techniques it is easy to imagine different ways to personalize them – the sky’s the limit!


Dissecting a Found Form to Come Up With Patterns for Handbuilding

Posted On September 12, 2014 4 Comments

If you love slab building, but have trouble figuring out how to flat slab to volumetric form, today’s video clip from Liz Zlot Summerfield might help solve the mystery. In this clip, an excerpt from her DVD Handbuilt Forms with Soft Slabs, Liz shows how to take a simple paper cup and turn it into a pattern for a handbuilt juice cup.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.